This is part 2 of 2 of our Skytrain/Seabus excursion in Vancouver. This one features photos taken in downtown Vancouver at/near the Skytrain Waterfront Station & the two Seabus terminals, one downtown near the Waterfront Station, the other at Lonsdale Quay/Market in North Vancouver.
WATERFRONT STATION is the major intermodal public transportation facility in Downtown Vancouver. It serves TransLink buses, SkyTrain, the SeaBus passenger ferry to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, West Coast Express* commuter rail & TrainBus, & the HeliJet International helipad. Harbour Water Aerodrome float plane terminals are also located nearby. *(West Coast Express uses the old CPR tracks & platforms.) ViaRail used this station until 1979 when it consolidated its Vancouver operations at the CN station near False Creek (now called Pacific Central Station). More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfront_Station_%!V(MISSING)ancouver%!(NOVERB)
WATERFRONT STATIONin the old CPR railway station. The station, which was meticulously restored to its original 1914 beaux-arts style, began its transformation into a public intermodal transportation facility in 1977. It is now called Waterfront Station & is the terminus point for three SkyTrain metro lines & the Seabus system. Waterfront Station, the final destination for Skytrain’s Canada Line, is adjacent to the Seabus Terminal which takes you to North Vancouver.
Interior main hall features two large clocks facing each other high on the east and west walls. Paintings depicting various scenic Canadian landscapes line the walls above the columns.
Waterfront Center shopping Waterfront Center offers underground shopping between two of Vancouver's best hotels.
Etheral Art shop:
Sinclair CenterSinclair Center was Vancouver’s main post office building until 1958. It is now an upscale shopping mall & office tower in downtown Vancouver. Located at 757 West Hastings Street between Granville and Howe streets, the center comprises four buildings that were restored in 1986 & renamed after former Vancouver MP James Sinclair.
The main post office, in an Edwardian Baroque style, was housed here from 1910 until the new one opened in 1958. The atrium clock consisting of four 12-foot-diameter clocks, was built in 1909 and is the largest clock movement in Western Canada (the minute hands alone weigh 202 pounds each. In addition to the mall, the building has a seven floor office tower occupied by the federal government. The shopping mall has elite boutiques & a food court. More info:
Vancouver Clubon West Hastings. This private club was founded in 1889 & their home is now a city designated “A” class heritage building. Club web site with interesting history & photos: http://vancouverclub.ca/club/
Canada Place/Cruise ship terminalCanada Place was originally built for Expo 86 as the pavilion for Canada. The striking white sails of the building have made it a prominent landmark for the city. Inside Canada Place is a first class hotel with a waterfall in the Lobby, as well as restaurants, lounge & shopping. It is also home to the Trade and Convention Centre. Most cruises to Alaska originate from the cruise ship facility at Canada Place .
Vancouver PortVancouver’s Port Authority is Canada's largest Port. There’s a 6,675 foot promenade with close up views of Vancouver's picturesque harbour.
SEABUSView of Canada Place/Cruise ship terminal from the Seabus as we're approaching Waterfront Station on our return trip.
The SeaBus is a passenger-only TransLink ferry which crosses Burrard Inlet to connect downtown Vancouver with North Vancouver & Lonsdale Quay. The SeaBus forms an important part of the region's integrated public transportation system. The SeaBus fleet currently consists of three vessels. The 3.24 km crossing takes 10–12 minutes. Over 50 crossings are made every day. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeaBus
Approaching Lonsdale Quayin North Vancouver. Lonsdale Quay, located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver, is the northern terminal for the SeaBus passenger ferry. The Quay is a transit hub for Vancouver's North Shore municipalities as well as a public market and tourist destination. (The quay is located on the former site of North Van Ship Repair, a major shipyard during World War II.) More info:
Wharf fountainThe wharf offers superb views across Burrard Inlet towards downtown Vancouver & Stanley Park.